We’ve been lucky enough to be given permission to use the following post here on Maternity Matters. You can see the original post here on Quantum Spaghetti.
I’m sure you have all seen the scaremongering headlines, probably from the Daily Mail, about “3 parent IVF” and if you don’t know what you’re talking about, like the Mail, you might be wary of such a weird and ethically troublesome piece of science. But is it that morally unsure?
Firstly, we have to look at exactly what this process involves.
The technique that has been in the news recently is called “pronuclear transfer”, and starts by fertilising a woman’s egg with a man’s sperm using IVF. The nucleus (center of a cell with all the genetic information) of the fertilised egg can then be transferred into an emptied nucleus in another egg in the same way.
This is exactly what’s wrong with the way science is portrayed to the public. In general, people don’t take too much notice of science (despite it being responsible for literally everything in their lives, but that’s another rant). They see some headlines, hear someone talking about something and that’s it. No one does any digging for themselves, and it irritates me.
It would be absurd to have someone pandering on about complex financial systems, or psychology, or engineering without them being well educated in the subject, yet it happens all the time with the media and science.
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